Saman Shahi

Composer, Pianist and conductor


Saman holds a Masters of Composition from the University of Toronto, where he also received his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Composition and Piano Performance earlier.  

He is a professional member of the Canadian League of Composers (affiliate composer)  as well as SOCAN foundation and the Canadian Music Centre ( associate composer).  He is also one of the co-founders of ICOT [Iranian Composers of Toronto]. 

Saman is an award winning and published composer.  His music has been read and performed by many ensembles and  renowned performers across Canada, United States as well as France, Germany and Malaysia. His Music has also been broadcast on BBC Farsi , CBC ( Podcast), as well as Radio Sedaye Toronto in 2013. His scores for short films have been debuted in Asia, South America, USA and across Europe and Canada. His music was recently presented as part of Vox Novus 15 year festival in New York in 2015.

His body of works include two operatic works;  “Rob Ford : an Operatic life” as well as "Operatic Narration of Arash the Archer" which opened the 2013 Tirgan festival at the Westjet stage at Harbourfront Center in Toronto.

He has been commissioned ( alongside with ICOT) for two Ballet pieces by the National Ballet of Canada, one of which was titled "5 Tableaux from Khosrow and Shirin" which was performed in 2014 by the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony and Dancers of National Ballet, as well as a small chamber work that received 17 performances in 2015 by the National Ballet of Canada.

Saman has recently received a Chalmers professional grant from the Ontario Arts Council, as well as a professional muisican grant from the Canada Council to pursue an intensive course of Study with the world-renowned composer Behzad Ranjbaran at Juilliard school of music.

Saman's orchestral music will be receiving quite a bit of attention in 2016-17 with orchestras such as Orchestra Toronto, 13th Strings (Ottawa), Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Youth Symphony Orchestra, Glenn Gould New Music ensemble and Sarv String Orchestra.

Saman is also very active as a Pianist, arranger, conductor and Tar player. 
Saman also one of the core members of Circle Music band, An Iranian fusion rock band in Toronto. He plays keyboard, Piano, Tar and percussion in the band.

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